A standard is an agreement about a product, a service or a process. Standards reflect best practices in the industry, the service sector and the public sector.

Standardisation is the process of creating a standard. Interested parties agree on the specific characteristics of a product, service or process. Standardisation takes place in committees with representatives from all stakeholders, on the basis of consensus, with all participants having an equal say.

Standards are mainly developed at international level. The Bureau for Standardisation (NBN) represents Belgium in this process, at both European and global level, providing Belgian experts who actively participate. These experts share their knowledge and develop standards within Technical Committees (TCs).

Benefits of participation

Companies, public authorities or other interested parties can participate in standardisation.

Four benefits of participation:

1. Gaining first-hand knowledge about future developments and trends. This gives companies a competitive edge.

2. Influencing the standards development process. This allows a company to protect its investments in products and research & development. Societal stakeholders can call attention to environmental protection or consumer issues.

3. Building a network. Standardisation committees are the ideal meeting place to forge new contacts and exchange ideas.

4. Developing and exchanging knowledge. Participants in standardization committees are highly knowledgeable international experts. By taking part in a committee you can gain a lot of first-hand knowledge.

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The standardisation process

The development of a new standard is a project with several well-defined stages:

  1. Proposal: at the request of companies or sectors, NBN submits a proposal to the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) or the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop a standard in a specific field. Once approved, the proposal is assigned to a Technical Committee (TC).
  2. Draft standard: the TC prepares a draft standard in collaboration with the national standardisation bodies. For Belgium, this is NBN together with its sector operators and its experts.
  3. Public enquiry: in each CEN or ISO member country the draft standard is subjected to a public enquiry. After consideration of all comments, the amended draft standard is approved and the standard is then ready for publication.
  4. Publication: the standard is published and made available.

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New, replaced or withdrawn standards and draft standards

View here the list of recently published, replaced or withdrawn standards, as well as a list of draft standards :

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